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Personal Statements and Statements of Purpose: What’s the Difference?

Topic: Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Postgrad, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 16th, 2024  |  Written by CEA HQ

So you’ve decided to apply for grad school—hooray! Now comes the fun part: more standardized testing, accumulating transcripts, and drafting essay after essay. As you go through your schools’ requirements, you may see requests for “personal statements” or “statements of purpose.” They’re the same thing, right? Not quite.  As the names suggest, the personal statement […]

Six Medical School Secondary Essays You Can Start Writing Right Now! (And which ones you should wait on!)

Topic: Postgrad, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 15th, 2023  |  Written by CEA HQ

Introduction Each year, we work with a select number of medical school applicants to help them draft strong, distinct personal statements and descriptions for the Work and Activity sections within their AMCAS applications, which are due at the end of May.  They inevitably ask us, in the days after submitting, “This is when we get […]

How to Write a Winning Business School Application Essay

Topic: Postgrad, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 22nd, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

People enter business school at different times in their lives. Some folks apply straight out of college, while others apply after gaining some real-world experience. Regardless of what phase of life you find yourself in, your application essay should detail what you hope to achieve in business school and beyond. It should outline your goals […]

How to: Write a Winning Diversity Statement for Law School (No Matter Your Background)

Topic: Postgrad, Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 5th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Hello future lawyers, attorneys, and judges! As you begin the admissions process for law school, you’ll likely notice that most institutions give applicants the option to submit what’s known as a “diversity statement” along with their statement of purpose (also referred to as the personal essay) and other application materials. If you’re serious about your […]

AMCAS Application for Med School: How to Write a Strong “Personal Comments” Essay

Topic: Postgrad, Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 28th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re submitting an application to a Medical School through AMCAS (The American Medical College Application Service), you’ve likely already put a considerable amount of time and thought into your decision to do so. The best way to reflect this high level of commitment is to write a memorable and succinct “Personal Comments” essay. AMCAS […]

How to Write an Effective Personal Statement for Grad School

Topic: Admissions, advice, Postgrad  |  Posted on August 29th, 2018  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

While undergraduate institutions like to distinguish themselves with quirky essay questions, grad programs don’t have time for such adolescent antics. They want a straightforward narrative that shows that you are prepared for the work, committed to the field, and clear on how an advanced degree will contribute to your career. While this type of personal […]

How to Survive Secondary Application Season

Topic: Admissions, advice, Postgrad  |  Posted on July 16th, 2018  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Every harried med school applicant knows it: secondary application season is upon us. You’ve come so far already: you got the grades (even in organic chemistry!), you took the MCAT, you nailed your AMCAS personal statement, and you’re steeling yourself for the grueling schedule of interview season. You’ve probably spent your life acing tests and […]